But the questions the study used to define “hostile sexism” focused more on measuring skepticism about the goals of modern feminism than actual hostility to women. Read on to discover whether you are, in fact, a deplorable sexist, according to Vox.com and a couple of University of Massachusetts professors.
1.Most women interpret innocent remarks or acts as being sexist.
If you agree with this statement, you’re well on your way to being an evil sexist, according to Vox. Never mind that feminism has infantilized women to the point of being unable to deal with almost any interaction with a man without labeling it sexism. Rude men on the subway are “manspreaders.” Men who interrupt are “manterrupters” (my bad habit of interrupting men is obviously not sexist, because intersectional oppressions, ‘natch). And Heaven forbid men attempt to chat with women on the street by saying something terrifying like “smile.” Bikini cakes are sexist. Christmas songs are sexist. In fact, believing that men and women are equals in the United States in 2017 is sexist, you oppression-denying bigot, you. If you disagree with any of this, reread sentence number one.
2.Many women are actually seeking special favors, such as hiring policies that favor women over men, under the guise of asking for equality.
There’s no way a non-woman-hating person could answer this question in the affirmative. It’s not like the New York Times has praised legal quotas for women in executive boardrooms, entire organizations are dedicated to making sure more women get hired in technology fields, or articles are written calling for – wait for it – hiring more women in order for those women to hire more women.
3.Feminists are not actually seeking for women to have more power than men.
As feminists on the internet will be happy to femsplain (when they’re not busy calling conservative women the c-word), feminism is just supporting equality between men and women. You’re not against equality, are you? That why there are popular songs with the refrain “Who run the world? Girls,” academic papers published alleging that women make better decisions than men do, and Buzzfeed pieces suggesting that men are dopes who need, as the headline suggests, women to “Rule the World.” Equality is also the reason that when two equally-intoxicated college students hook up, the man is a rapist and the woman is a victim.
4.Feminists are making entirely reasonable demands of men.
There are good reasons why generations of fathers have taught their sons to “man up,” and it’s not because young boys are blank canvases on which the patriarchy can paint its oppression. It’s because men in general have essential natures that are different from women. We tend to be more aggressive, more energetic, and less nurturing than women, and the fundamental challenge of raising most boys is in channeling that nature in productive ways, not in denying or trying to eradicate its existence.
It’s fair to say that if the feminist demand is that men not be, well, men anymore, then feminism is not making reasonable demands on men. But then again, you may not want to take my word for it; I’m a 100 percent “hostile sexist” according to Vox.com.